Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Happy Children's Day!

So true:



*We're celebrating with a free slushy and yet another free ball! Needless to say Little Boy is in heaven despite being a little under the weather. 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Baby Brother's First Vacation

It took us two and a half months before we left town with Little Boy. This time around it took 6 weeks. Of course, timing is everything and the yearly exodus to the beach left us wanting to join the crowds. So we did. And It. Was. Fabulous! Little Boy had the best time* and could play all day in the water if we let him; Baby Brother decided to start sleeping 6 hour stretches (and because he wishes he was from an African tribe, being held in our arms all day made him a very happy camper). M and I truly enjoyed every minute staring at our amazing view. We both needed a break from the city and routine and this little trip gave us all the confidence we needed to keep enjoying life on the road**. Ok, enough raving. Pictures:







*Logistically, Cuddlebug #1 was also super happy because he got to sleep on a big bed with his Daddy (this meant all of us went to bed at the same time and the kiddo needed a couple of days to recover when we came home, but it was worth it).

**The only actual difficult part of the trip was getting to the beach which took about 7 hours instead of 4...yeah.

Monday, April 15, 2013

His Baby

Little Boy picks up on the little details so quickly! Most recently this has manifested as taking care of his baby doll "Buh" just like we take care of his baby brother. It is remarkable the things he does, completely unprompted....

Bringing the baby to our bed to lie down in the morning

Using the bulb to take out baby's boogers

Setting down baby in the swing and covering him with a blanket

(and of course changing baby's diaper..still haven't managed to catch a picture of that one). 


Friday, April 12, 2013

Routine: 1 and 21 months

2:00 a.m.- Diaper change* and feeding for Baby Brother. Burping and swaddling. All in all about 45 minutes before I can go back to sleep. M, who might have fallen asleep on the couch, or was still up this whole time comes to bed.

5:00 a.m.- Ditto previous. Sometimes M does the changing for me and that's awesome.

7:00 a.m.- More feeding. This time I stay in bed instead of the glider because from here on out every half hour the kiddo wants to eat a little more. I let him sleep on me in between.

9:00 a.m. Little Boy is up. I go to his room and attempt getting him dressed but usually Baby Brother will cry for yet another feeding and Little Boy runs into our bedroom. I take clothes and a diaper with me and we head to pick up Baby Brother. Little Boy runs around and explores whatever he can find in our room while I feed the baby. We put in a load of laundry.

10:00 a.m. We are finally downstairs eating breakfast. The boys are dressed; I am probably not yet.

10:30 a.m. Morning activity with Little Boy: crafting, obstacle course, baking etc. I pause to feed the baby that was napping in the swing.


12:00 p.m. We play outdoors: if things are going well I might be attempting a walk, otherwise we stay in the coto (gated community) and check out the neighbor's construction workers, play on the grass with a ball, or just wander around. Baby Brother is hanging out in the Moby.

1: 15 p.m. Lunch for Little Boy (leftovers from dinner plus extra fruit and veggies). Generally interrupted by a nursing session.

2:00 p.m. Little Boy goes down for a nap after a diaper change, a couple of stories, and a fuss. I make/eat lunch, attend to the laundry, try to do a bit of tidying/dishes/other task before it's time to feed the baby yet again. Before I know it Little Boy is up, but sometimes I leave him in his room for another 15 minutes because Momma needs a break!

4:00 pm. Little Boy is up and we get changed and play with his toys until Daddy comes home. Now is a great time to play with his water stand.

5:00 p.m. By now Daddy is home. Thank goodness because Baby Brother starts to cluster feed until he goes down for the night. Little Boy and Daddy play outside.

6:30 p.m. Trying to get dinner together in between feeding and burping Baby Brother.

7:00 p.m. Dinner for the three of us, interrupted of course by a feeding. Daddy does some dishes, while Little Boy plays in the kitchen, and I am on the couch with Baby Brother.

8:00 p.m. The three of us bathe Baby Brother. Then I dress and feed him while Daddy bathes Little Boy. When they finish I go in to put Little Boy to bed while Daddy burps Baby Brother.


9:00 p.m. Little Boy is in bed. Baby Brother sometimes gets a top off feeding, or if he's already asleep then just a swaddle and to bed. I check in on the laundry, collect my things and get ready for bed.

10:00 p.m. or a bit later- Mommy goes to sleep. Daddy goes to his office/couch to do some work.

*I'm leaving out "diaper change" but just about every feeding time comes with one. Yes, I am changing 15+ diapers a day between the two kids. 

Monday, April 1, 2013

21 Months!

This month we couldn't help but consistently comment that you've become a monkey. Monkey see, monkey do. You climb anything and everything. And you're finally able to get up on the couch by yourself. You also  go up and down the stairs completely on your own. In the verbal sense you try to repeat every.single.thing we say. For the most part if one doesn't know what you're saying then it's still somewhat difficult to decipher, but the effort is definitely there. It is to the point where you try to summarize your day for me before bed with a combination of gestures and "words".

There are a few words though that have entered pretty regularly into your vocabulary: nana (Mama, still evolving and now getting much more use thought the day), Buh (your brother and also what you now call your baby doll), eesh (man), we-lo (hielo),  doc-to (doctor), da (yad, hand, for assistance), pa-ta (pasta, which you now request from the pantry), and rueda (wheel).



We are also seeing some changes that seem to be coming out of frustration with more time at home, less direct attention, and frustration at not bring able to communicate that well. We've seen our share of throwing, hitting, and even some biting. It is always followed up by lots of sweetness: hugs and kisses to everyone, especially to Buh, but it is quite frustrating nonetheless. The other difficulty we've had is a complete regression with potty training. Not only have you stopped signing, but you're also fighting diaper changes. We're hoping that all these things sort themselves out as you get used to being a big brother and keep developing language skills.

Speaking of big brother: you have been doing amazingly well in helping around the house and really acting like a big kid. You now put laundry in the hamper, and even sort by color! You have also been helping to mop, throw things away, wash the car and bring us various items from around the house. You are mostly very sweet and change and burp your baby doll while helping us do the same with your brother. It is so amazing to see you together and just make us full of love for you both!